Climate Change And Pollution: The Dangers Of Nuclear Energy: Fossil Fuels

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Climate change and pollution are serious global issues. Recently, cities such as New Delhi and Beijing have been plagued by unprecedented levels of smog, leading to riots and unrest. Greenhouse gases have greatly increased the temperature of our atmosphere and are upsetting the Earth’s fragile balance as an ecosystem. Consequently, in 2016, the arctic ice sheet was the smallest ever recorded, but most worryingly, according to NASA, the past 13 years have had the 13 smallest ice sheets on record (NASA, 2016 Arctic Sea Ice Wintertime Extent Hits Another Record Low). The National Ice and Snow Data Center claims that a loss of the entire Greenland ice sheet could result in a sea level increase of 20 feet, enough to flood many major metropolitan cities (NSIDC ice sheets quick facts). It is clear that change is needed in order to prevent a global catastrophe, and one of the major culprits of climate change …show more content…
Coal, oil, and natural gas are proven technologies, are much cheaper than any other energy source, and provide massive amounts of electricity. Due to the aforementioned consequences of relying on fossil fuels, however, it is time to find a new energy source. Nuclear energy is often seen as dangerous, with its opponents warning of possible apocalyptic explosions and Chernobyl-esque radiation poisoning. This interpretation, however, is terribly flawed. Nuclear energy is much safer and cleaner than the current alternatives such as coal or natural gas, and is more economically feasible and efficient than the “green” options, such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power. Despite the positives, nuclear energy has serious drawbacks, ranging from the initial cost to the disposal of radioactive waste. Nevertheless, nuclear energy is the best form of alternative energy currently available due to its safety, lack of emissions, and high energy production, among other

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